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My Response to Hillary Supporters when they want to know why I'm Caucusing for Bernie.

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I usually think about what I want to write as I walk outside. Nature has a good effect on me that way. It helps me think about what my heart wants to say.

Today I was thinking of how I could be gentle with my sisters who want to know why I am not supporting our sister Hillary. I'm hoping this caucus can be a time of conversation, of 'we the people' talking together about what serves our common interests. And a time when we can see that we can still be 'sisters' and agree to disagree.

And yes, more women in positions of power help all women. But what each particular woman stands for is even more important to me. Margaret Thatcher is considered a great leader by many people, but I think she acted like a man. Or she acted like a 'Father's Daughter'--a psychological term that describes women who value masculine values above all else. This is not necessarily a bad thing, for we all have grown up in a very patriarchal culture, a culture ruled by male values and virtues. If we wanted to achieve something in the world, we had to (and still do) play by their rules.

But women make second-class men. We all know it's true. So in finding our own equality, many women have discovered our own standpoint and our own feminine values. Our natural feminine being seems to be a state where we are truly free to listen to the Wisdom of Life and act on it. Our time as Father's Daughters honed our talents of courage, intelligence and leadership, all of which we use now to follow the dictates of our heart--Wisdom's voice.

And while I do want to see all women valued equally with men, that does not mean that I cannot evaluate the options before me and give both Hillary and Bernie equal consideration. I'm not voting against the fact that she's a woman. I am voting for a vision of what I think needs to happen to turn this boat around and head for calmer shores.

So when I was thinking of what I wanted to say to Hillary's supporters, this is what I want to ask them.

What do you think is the root cause of our country's disfunction today?

Of all the symptoms we see--racial oppression, voter suppression, gender inequality, financial instability, wealth inequality, workers' rights, food, the health of the environment, climate change, the elderly, our young ones health and education--what is the root cause that is spreading the disease?

When we get ill, we go to the doctor to find out what is causing our symptoms. Now a doctor might just treat the symptoms, but of course, it doesn't address the real issue. It just patches things up without healing you. We want a diagnosis of the truth of what's happening to our body so we can set a course for healing it.

So what is the root cause of our social unrest? And should it be fixed by patching things up or by radical surgery?

I believe we've been dealing with the symptoms of social decay instead of getting to the heart of the matter--the greed, corruption and injustice of our capitalistic system. The power and influence of money in politics. When fictional entities -- corporations-- get the same rights as human beings, we have to know something is delusional. But that's how corporations now rule the world. They have more rights than national sovereignty and of course can roll over individuals.

So I feel Bernie Sanders' truth-speaking fits the story of our times. His insistence that we have to re-create our culture, not shore it up, fits the BIG story. Michael Moore's new movie, Where Should We Invade Next?, shows us how each and every idea Bernie is advocating works in other countries. Why not in ours? We might have to play around with it to fit our specific needs, but other countries are showing us the way now. It's time to grow up and take responsibility for our country, our people and the world.

That's where each of us come into the story. It's our time to take back our world--our civic body--from those who would control us--especially women, perhaps because we're the Wisdom-keepers of Life. (And they so love Death and pain and destruction.) And look! We are doing it. Social activism is alive and well again.

So now, in the interest of really giving equality to women, I'm going to bring in some of the vehicles of feminine 'listening'--storytelling and astrology, with some mythology and Jungian psychology thrown in. Gentlemen, please stay open to these stories -- this is not Nancy Reagan's astrology.

Astrology is both an art and a science. The science you'll find in astronomy. The art is interpreting the interaction of the planets, moons and asteroids. Ancient philosophers and spiritual masters acknowledged the power of astrology, because it is an art that reads and understands the meaning of life in Nature, just as dreams and visions, intuition and feelings do for our human nature. So it uses both feminine and masculine consciousness (in both women and men), right and left brain, imagination and rationality.

When we look at an astrological birth chart, we see the interplay of our solar system at the moment of our birth. So astrology also brings in Jung's idea of synchronicity--the acausal relationship between things. The magic that happens when you have a synchronistic moment and everything falls into place, if only for that moment.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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